Aleksandar Mitrovic will travel to England for talks with Newcastle on Thursday, unless AS Roma change their mind.
That is according to prominent Italian sports journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who has been covering the story throughout the day.
Newcastle have long been linked with the Serbian striker but Pedulla says in his latest update tonight, that the player’s first choice club Roma only have the next few hours to intervene, or else he will travel to discuss a move to Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been quoted as fancying the weather in Rome and more importantly, they are an ambitious club who can also offer Champions League football this coming season.
However, Director of Football at Roma, Walter Sabatini, has made Manchester City striker Dzeko his number one target, with Mitrovic only a possible fallback this summer.
Lazio are also said to have shown late interest but are a longshot.
As with all transfer stories, proceed with extreme caution and don’t shoot the messenger!
Alfredo Pudella via his own football website:
‘The next few hours will be decisive for the future of Aleksandar Mitrovic.
We told you about an agreement in principle reached between Newcastle and Anderlecht of about 16 million, including bonuses, with a trip to England planned tomorrow.
Roma were assured that Mitrovic will wait until tonight and whilst Roma had also issued statements full of enthusiasm, do not expect more (than words). If Roma email ( Mitrovic/his agents), the situation could change and the trip cancelled to England that is already planned.
Roma always thinks Dzeko, but (Walter) Sabatini (Roma Director of Football) had kept in big consideration the option of Mitrovic, that is why it makes sense to wait a few more hours.
What’s more, just now (Igli) Tare (Lazio Director of Football) asked about Mitrovic to Besnik Hasi (Manager of Anderlecht). A longshot for Lazio?
This evening we will see if Roma let go without intervening with Mitrovic: where a proposal between tonight and tomorrow morning would mean the journey of the attacker to England could be cancelled.’
The figure of 16m Euros (£11.5m) is the same amount that the Dutch media claimed had also been offered by Newcastle for PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum earlier today.
Could things at last be moving or are Newcastle just being used to stir up interest for various players?